June 30, 1975 Reds 9, Astros 6 (49-28)
This was a huge come from behind win for the Reds. They trailed the Astros 6-2, and came to within a run in the eighth when Ken Griffey had a big bases clearing three run triple. Pinch hitter Bill Plummer then tied the game up in the bottom of the ninth with a sac. fly.
I think this would be a huge mistake.
June 29, 1975 Reds 4, Padres 1 (48-27)
The Reds actually trailed in this game for the a portion of this game as Jack Billingham gave up a run in the third. George Foster answered in the fifth to tie the game up with a solo homer. Joe Morgan gave them the lead in the sixth with a two run shot, and Merv Rettenmund gave them a touch of insurance with his first homer of the season in the seventh.
Billingham went 8 2/3 innings as he gave up nine hits and a single run. He did get into a jam in the ninth as he yielded runners on first and third with two outs to Will McEnaney. Fortunately McEnaney got the final out on a pop out.
June 29, 1975 Padres 4, Reds 3 (48-28)
George Foster accounted for three of the Reds seven hits and he drove in two of the Reds three runs. His eighth inning two run shot shaved the lead down to a single run (4-3), but it wasn’t enough. Foster was a triple short of hitting for the cycle.
Starter Pat Darcy was solid, but he would have had to throw extremely to walk away with a win in this one. He gave up three runs and seven hits through six innings.
June 28, 1975 Reds 6, Padres 4 (47-27)
The Reds won their fifth straight game and their second straight in extra frames with yet another walk off homerun. George Foster hit a two run pinch hit homer in the bottom of the tenth, and the Reds walked away with yet another win.
June 27, 1975 Reds 5, Padres 2 (46-27)
The Reds never had the lead in this game until the final at bat of the game. After going down 1-0, George Foster tied the game up with an RBI single. Then they when they went down 2-1, Joe Morgan hit a huge solo homer to the game up and eventually put things into extra frames. Finally, in the bottom of the eleventh, Dan Driessen hit a walk off three run shot to win the ball game.
The box score doesn’t say why, but starter Clay Carroll left the game after pitching three innings tied 1-1. The bullpen was nearly flawless as Fred Norman, Pedro Borbon and Will McEnaney combined for eight innings and gave up only three hits and a run.
After a horrible week last week, the Reds went 3-3 by taking their series with the Cards and then losing the Indians series 1-2. Probably the oddest thing about this season is, despite how bad the Reds have been, we actually have a winning record at home. With a 23-19 home record, at least the Reds are putting on a show for the home crowd. Unfortunately, their road record of 7-26 is just downright awful. Their ERA is a respectable 5.21 at home (okay, that’s still bad), but it’s 6.42 on the road.
June 25, 1975 Reds 2, Braves 0 (45-27)
Tom Carroll had his best start of the season as he pitched eight solid innings. He gave up only three hits, four walks and he struck out three. Will McEnaney pitched a perfect ninth to earn his sixth save.
Both Reds’ runs were scored on sac. flys. Pete Rose had the only extra base hit of the game as he doubled and scored.
June 24, 1975 Reds 3, Braves 0 (44-27)
The Reds were held to five hits but one of those was a big three run shot by Joe Morgan that accounted for all of the games scoring. Johnny Bench hit his 29th double of the season and Morgan stole his 31st base.
June 23, 1975 Reds 8, Braves 4 (43-27)
Johnny Bench had a monster game for the Reds as he went two for five with a double, a three run homer and four RBIs. Bench got the start in rightfield while backup catcher Bill Plummer went two for four with three RBIs and his first homer of the season. Joe Morgan stole his 30th base of the season.
Jack Billingham improved to 8-3 by pitching 7 1/3 innings. He gave up four runs on eight hits.
June 22, 1975 Astros 8, Reds 4 (42-27)
Reds starter Gary Nolan gave up three runs in the second, and then gave a solo homer and a single in the third before being pulled by Sparky. Rawly Eastwick got the bulk of the work as he pitched the final five innings and didn’t fair to much better as he was tagged for four runs also.